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The Cottage At Barrow Mead! When we visited this delightful cottage, we couldn't believe it is where it is and that you are actually IN Bath, well actually you're not, it's just that you are near the centre but you look out across open countryside!! As you pass through Bath, you suddenly find this little lane running alongside a school; approximately 1/2 mile later and you're in the middle of nowhere, overlooking the rolling countryside of the southern Cotswolds. Hikers, birdwatchers and those in search of peace are just as likely to enjoy this super cottage as are those looking for culture, shops and a gastronomic experience, given its proximity to the heart of Bath, which is just 15 minutes away in the bus or car. Inside, the open plan ground floor gives a real sense of space which, with the woodburning stove, is just as welcoming and snug in winter as it is cool and inviting in summer. The private garden area overlooking the orchard and rolling countryside offers a super hideaway, while listening to birdsong. A little piece of heaven in Bath.
Situated at the end of a long drive and in the grounds of the owner's house, the cottage is detached and private.
Entrance through to open plan living space Living Area with large sofa, plus two comfy armchairs, large flatscreen, SMART TV with DVD and woodburning stove.
Kitchen/Diner, fully equipped with electric induction hob, oven and grill, microwave, dishwasher, fridge with freezer compartment plus washer/dryer.
Dining Table with up to six chairs.
Bedroom One with double bed, chest of drawers, plus hanging and storage space
Bedroom Two with two single beds, chest of drawers and hanging space.
Family bathroom with bath with electric shower over, WC and washbasin.
There is a bench immediately outside the property, ideal for an early coffee or sundowner. A few meters away across the grass is a private garden area for guests use only, overlooking the fields and area of Englishcombe. There is also off street parking.
At the end of the house driveway you are back in Bath and thus a short drive from the city centre. It is possible to catch the bus, either way your journey will be about 15mins and your surrounded by the history, culture and shops of Bath.
Sorry No Pets (the owners have two dogs and chickens). Children Welcome (cot and highchair available). Heating & Electricity incl all year. Logs supplied.
Wi-Fi available and included. Friday or Saturday Changeover. Short Breaks welcome, except in High Season when only at short notice.
Barrowmead is steeped in history, some it dating back hundreds of years. Originally there was a hamlet called Barrow (nothing to do with the one in Cumbria!) which was abandoned circa 14th Century leaving just a large house called Barrow Castle. At the turn of the 20th Century a celebrated horticulturalist bought the castle (located behind the cottage) and proceeded to plant some specimen trees and flowers that today are regarded as some of the finest in the country. From the cottage there are literally a network of paths which take you across the countryside at the foot of the Cotswolds and Bath - into the woods and hills. You really should bring a bike if you can, there is lockable storage for the bikes when you're not using them. See more pics by looking on Instagram at the following code - The_Cottage_At_Barrowmead
Bath, quite simply, is one of England's finest cities. Not particularly large and not particularly sprawling it is, however, filled with some of the finest architecture and history that is certainly enough to keep the most determined tourist busy for days and days! There are many excellent restaurants and bars within a short walk.
The city is relatively easy to navigate on foot and as you would expect offers a wide variety of restaurants, shops, attractions, theatres, public houses and city tours. Of particular note are the Roman Baths and Hot Springs as well as the museums, all of which are nearby. There is also easy access to the Kennet and Avon Canal which is great for walkers.
To the north are the Cotswolds approx 20 minute drive away which stretch further for many miles. Burford, for example is an hour away. Glastonbury, Avebury and Stonehenge are all within 1 hour's drive, depending on traffic.
Although most people staying in this accommodation will enjoy Bath, there are many other things to consider and visit should your stay be longer than a weekend!